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We'll post the latest scams here.

These examples may help you learn what an Inland Revenue scam looks like.

Tax refund email scam

16 November 2022

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It's not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • We do not put refund amounts in emails.
  • We do not say 'NZD'.
  • The contact details are wrong.
  • There are grammar, spacing and punctuation mistakes.
  • There's a hyperlink to a form at 'form.jotform.com' - this is not our website, and we do not give you direct links within emails. Instead, we'd ask you to log in to myIR through our website ird.govt.nz

 

Scammers cold-calling businesses to offer savings and discounts on tax bills

11 November 2022

We have seen an increase in scammers cold-calling business customers. The scammers pretend to be from real businesses and offer savings of up to 50% on tax bills (including small business loans). They may say they are offering discounts because they have vouchers which are about to expire.

The scammer pays the tax bill to us in full and the victim pays the discounted amount to the scammer.  Meanwhile, the scammer cancels the payment to us, leaving the victims out of pocket and with a tax bill to pay.

The scammers are using several names including Discount Club/Wel Network/Wel Network Marketing. We will never contact businesses to offer ‘discounts’ on your tax debt. If you cannot pay your tax debt, get in touch with us to talk about your options.

Tax return text scam

17 October 2022

Details that show this is a scam:

  • There's a link supposedly to confirm your return - we'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • We do not call ourselves 'New Zealand Taxation Office'.
  • Our links will always end in govt.nz
  • We will never ask you to make a payment to confirm your card number.

 

Email phishing scam

14 October 2022

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It's not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • There's a link supposedly to myIR - we do not give direct links in emails. Instead, we'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
email from ird7@camenergy.org says income tax refund payment placed on hold pending account verification. Log in to myIR to resolve this issue.

Tax return calculation error scam

25 August 2022

Details that show this is a scam:

  • it is not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • we do not call ourselves Inland Revenue NZ Official
  • there's typos and strange sentences
  • there's a link to supposedly check your details - we'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • hovering over the link shows it does not go to our website.
An email with highlighted content showing how it is a scam. This includes typos, and email address that is not from Inland Revenue, hyperlink that shows it does not take you to an Inland Revenue site when you hover on it.

Text message scam

2 August 2022

Details that show this is a scam:

  • IR will never send an unverified link in a text. All our links will include govt.nz
phone screen shot showing message reading 'govt you will receive an amount from the government to view it verify now'. Then a link that does not have govt.nz in it.

Tax refund scam

7 April 2022

Details that show this is a scam.

  • Not from an Inland Revenue email address.
  • Includes a refund amount which we never do in email.
  • There's typos.
  • There's a hyperlinked button to supposedly log in to myIR. We'd ask you to log in to myIR at ird.govt.nz.
  • When hovering over the link it shows it does not go to our website.
Image showing why an email about a tax refund is a scam. It is not from an inland revenue email address, it includes a refund amount (which we do not do), it has typos, and asks you to log in to myIR using a link in the email (we do not do this).

Reminder scam

Details that show this is a scam:

  • it is not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • the logo is not visually correct
  • there is a link to supposedly update your contact details. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • hovering over the login link shows it does not go to our website
  • there is no sign off at the end of the message.
Image showing a reminder scam

New IRD notice scam

Details that show this is a scam:

  • It is not from an Inland Revenue email address
  • there's a hyperlink to supposedly view a message about your tax information. We'd ask you to log in to myIR through ird.govt.nz
  • hovering over the hyperlink shows it does not go to our website.
images showing IRD scam

Last updated: 22 Jul 2021
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